Originally, nearly 100 varieties of fuchsia were known, but they have been hybridized so much that today there are actually countless varieties on the market. Fuchsia x hybrida is a cross between Fuchsia magellaniaca x Fuchsia coccinea x Fuchsia fulgens x Fuchsia arborescens. Fuchsias (in the Onagraceae family) are low growing, bush or sometimes tree-like plants. Avoid nursery-bought Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida) flowers, as they may have been sprayed. According to Green Dean, the fruit and flower is edible. He says it has a subtle grape flavour with black pepper tossed in. Blossoms are edible raw.
Seed life cycle: Annual.
Colours: Red, pink, white, violet, purple and bicolours.
Height: Maximum Height: 1 meter (3")
Medicinal qualities: There appears to be no literature on the medicinal values of this flower. Other varieties may have documented medicinal uses.
Dye: Unknown. Black dye is derived from the bark of other fuchsia varieties.
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